PESHAWAR : Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has announced reconstruction of the vandalised Hindu temple in Karak.
In a statement issued on Friday, the KP chief minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure the reconstruction of Hindu temple on an early basis. He vowed to protect worship places of minorities in all cases. Khan informed that several people involved in the incident have been arrested. “Strict action will be taken against those involved. No one is allowed to take the law into one’s own hands,” he added.
A mob, reportedly led by clerics, vandalised and later set a Hindu temple on fire in the southern Karak district of KP. The temple, though no longer functional, is considered a revered pilgrimage site by the Hindu community. Residents in the Terri area of Karak were not happy with the ongoing renovation and extension of the temple which is why they vandalised it before setting it on fire, according to community leaders. The mob was too big for the local administration and police
According to reports, local clerics were not happy with the handover of the temple to the Hindu community. The ongoing renovation further fuelled their anger that set off a chain of events that led to Wednesday’s vandalism. According to police, the Hindu community had bought some land to extend the temple where they were constructing a building. However, a local cleric instigated people to attack the structure, police added. “They attacked and demolished the under-construction building. We’ve registered an FIR against the cleric,” police said, adding that they were in control of the situation.
A day later, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed took notice of the desecration of the temple as police began rounding up dozens of suspects – including the cleric who had instigated the attack. The top judge also directed the One Man Commission on Minorities Rights, the provincial chief secretary and police chief to visit the site and submit a report on the incident, according to a statement issued by the apex court.